Israeli minister to head delegation to Abu Dhabi energy summit

( Israeli Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom and a delegation of officials traveled to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on Friday to attend a summit on renewable energy, Reuters reported.

Shalom is the first Israeli official to travel to the UAE, which does not recognize Israel, since 2010, when Hamas terrorist Mahmoud al-Mabouh was found dead in a Dubai hotel. UAE officials blamed the Mossad for the assassination.

Analysts speculate that the visit could be seen as a move towards closer cooperation between Israel and the Gulf States. Both sides fear increasing influence of Iran and its nuclear weapons program. Last fall, a report in the Sunday Times said that Saudi Arabia might help Israel in an attack against Iran.

Posted on January 17, 2014 .